Indians once roamed this island we now name residence. The island’s 1100 acres, situated on the northwest shore of Lake Monroe on the St. John’s River, created a perfect house for the Aborigine tribes, the place wildlife and good fishing fulfilled all their needs. The primary aboriginal mound on the purpose of the island has unearthed many treasures of this bygone era.
Many skilled archaeologists have made investigatory trips, however probably the most famous treasure was found by amateurs in 1971 – the skeleton of a 27- to 30-yea- outdated girl embedded in limestone. The lady is believed to have been sleeping there for about 5500 years. She now resides at the museum at Tomoka Park, Ormond Beach,
Skipping forward a number of thousand years, the primary white men were the Spanish explorers who invaded Florida early within the sixteenth century. In 1841, the town of Enterprise was based by Main Cornelius Taylor and turned a thriving community as the county seat. Enterprise is the oldest town of continuous existence within the Volusia County. Its location on Lake Monroe made it simply accessible by steamboats, which brought Northerners right here to “winterand items from Jacksonville. The railroad discharged its freight from the North, and side-wheelers plied up and down the river.
Capt. Jacob Brock, owner of the Brock Line of Steamers, built a lavish resort where the Methodist Children’s Residence now sits and welcomed many well-known company of the time. Brock was also instrumental in building the All Saints Episcopal Church, which still stands in its authentic state, a fitting reminder of the town’s illustrious historical past. (see page 4 for more data on native historic buildings.) In the meantime, on the island, poachers were actively engaged in unlawful actions, with boats docking at night at a Stone Island dock.
Among the early owners and sole inhabitants of the island were Arthur B. and Olive Commons. Visiting Florida from the Hoosier State, they “discoveredStone Island and fell in love. They engaged in the varied pursuits of farming, and so they delighted in the outcomes. Olive was an artist and created exquisite miniatures on porcelain of all the island scenes.
Within the early 1900s “SenatorWilliam C. Lawson and his family came to Florida from Virginia. He was energetic in Florida actual estate. Lawson purchased the island, then known as Palm Island, and began plans to develop it as a quiet, secluded paradise. Though lively in politics, “SenatorLawson was never elected to any workplace. He was a champion for authorities reform . . . maybe an idealist forward of his time, constantly fighting the system. Mr. Lawson’s idea for the format of the island formed the basis built on by future builders. The “Senatorbuilt his household a stupendous Spanish mansion within the 1920s, and it remains to be an imposing sight under the tall trees overlooking the lake at the junction of Prairie and Horseshoe Roads.
After a couple of years, the island was sold to a northern syndicate, and the name was modified to Stone Island, because of the rock formations alongside the shore. The large Florida land growth “busted,and when the “Senatorforeclosed the island reverted again to him. By this time, William Lawson’s son, Sam, was energetic within the enterprise, and together they began the event of the island in earnest. A whole energy plant was put in and water was offered by an abundance of deep artesian wells. “SenatorLawson died on the age of 91 in 1958.
In 1966, the Lawson household bought the approximately 1,000-acre property to H. M. “CorkeyHuffman for around $165,000, to a Joint Enterprise , which included Mills- Nebraska Lumber Co, Palmer Electric Co., Wittgenstein & Geller Accountants, and H&M Development Co – all Orlando/Winter Park primarily based corporations. H&M Construction was led by Corkey Huffman, President, and Marvin Titus, Vice President/Treasurer.
Round 1968, Corkey Huffman, Marvin Titus, Corkey’s father Jim, and Herky Huffman formed the Stone Island Development Firm to begin growth of what he dreamed can be an island paradise following the “Senator’sbasic plan – and so they purchased heaps from the Joint Enterprise as needed.
A few year later, they began advertising and marketing tons via realtor, Lucy Doughty. The Lawson mansion grew to become a clubhouse (NOW A personal Residence ON PRAIRIE), the swimming pool (since filled in) sparkled with pure spring water, and people practiced their golf recreation on a three-hole course. Nature paths, horse trails and parks completed the quiet, nation environment. However, this island paradise soon pale in the midst of authorities pink tape.
The Huffman family hailed from West Virginia and, like “SenatorLawson before him, Corkey was an idealist and outspoken in his criticism of authorities. As he went head-to-head with the county and federal government on how the island ought to be developed, his dream of an island paradise became more like a nightmare. He lastly uninterested in combating bureaucratic high-quality print and actually sailed away on a 2-masted schooner. Corkey was quoted as saying, “There’s quite a lot of open sea on the market, and that i can simply transfer from one island to another. . . and he did just that!
In 1974, as a result of gasoline shortage and a stoop in the economic system, sales dried up, Corkey liquidated some property, and an H&M companion, C. C. Tomlin, became involved in marketing the island properties.
** SOME Current UPDATES Were FROM Information Provided TO EPS BY MARVIN TITUS MARVIN, WHO Continues to be A STONE ISLAND PROPERTY Owner, Local ENTERPRISE RESIDENT, AND DIRECTOR OF THE ENTERPRISE PRESERVATION SOCIETY, INC., AS Information WAS BEING GATHERED FOR THE ENTERPRISE HERITAGE Heart MUSEUM.
Since that point, a number of developers tried unsuccessfully to finish growth of your complete island. However, the island does nonetheless proceed to grow with new homes, and the dream continues for the island that’s paradise . . . almost!
Enjoy and protect our distinctive surroundings!
Stone Island – Some Interesting Info
o There are approximately 237 properties in the Stone Island, Stillmeadow and Turtle Hill communities, from the original house inbuilt 1926, to a large property at the end of Sioux Trail on the banks of Lake Monroe.
o There are still several undeveloped lots and acreage tracts in the community.
o The Stone Island HomeownersAssociation privately maintains all roads (aside from Stone Island Highway [a county street], Stillmeadow and Turtle Hill). There are public college bus stops on the island for the children of all ages who reside right here.
o A community horse stable stalls 10 horses and is normally subject to a waiting listing. Fascinated parties need to fill out an software and make a deposit with the Barn Manager, who might be joyful to debate all of the rules and assessments with you.
o The neighborhood tennis courts are available to all Island residents. If you’re fascinated about using the tennis courts, contact the Sports activities and Recreation Committee chairman for info and rules of use.
o The Boat Launch is gated but open to all Stone Island residents, with operating hours from sunrise to sunset. All landowners on Stone Island, no matter their involvement in the HomeownersAffiliation, have free entry to the boat. In case you have any questions or to get a ‘resident stickerfor the boat ramp, contact Invoice Nanstiel.
o Stone Island has many social events including: Easter Egg Hunt for the island children; Fourth of July parade and cookout; Halloween occasion; Santa Clausgo to for the children; sponsorship of needy households/organizations; and much more.
o A “LadiesGet Acquainted Luncheonis held every February at the house of one of our residents. Invitations are sent to all the ladies in our neighborhood. The LadiesLuncheon provides an opportunity for our residents to get to know their neighbors as they gather with new and outdated buddies, and gives us all a possibility to welcome new residents. This event is sponsored by the Stone Island Hospitality Committee.
o The Picnic Pavilion within the park space near the boat ramp is a great addition to island amenities, thanks to the HOA and the efforts of invaluable volunteers who made this undertaking a reality. The pavilion contains picnic tables, electric and water hook-ups, and a brick base for removable barbeque grills to be used throughout our wonderful events. Since this is not a public park and is just for residents use, we’d like everyone’s cooperation to keep it clean. Any resident who would like to reserve using the pavilion for a private occasion (wedding ceremony, anniversary, birthday, graduation, and many others), please contact Doris Nanstiel, who will assure that nothing else is scheduled on the requested date and arrange to turn on the electric and water, if needed.
o Park benches are installed at varied locations across the island. As you walk, bike, run, or take a golf cart journey around this beautiful island retreat – stop, sit, relax and enjoy one in all the many fabulous views this island provides to its residents.